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Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has been denying key votes and hearings as the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including a vote on the nomination of Kelly Craft to U.N. ambassador.
“Committee members have a right and responsibility to vote, and Menendez is actively working to deny not only votes but also hearings,” a Senate aide told the Daily Caller. “Menendez is corrupting the historic integrity of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and taking away the tradition of comity that has been a hallmark of this committee’s work.”
Craft, who currently serves as the ambassador to Canada, was nominated by President Donald Trump to U.N. ambassador in early May and had her hearing in mid-June. But Craft has yet to receive a committee vote that will determine whether or not her nomination moves to the Senate floor, leaving the U.S. without a high-level official to conduct business at the U.N. Security Council. (RELATED: Trump Nominates Kelly Knight Craft To UN Ambassador)
After Craft’s hearing, Menendez demanded additional information about the 300 days the ambassador spent outside of her post in Ottawa, Canada. Craft says those trips were primarily spent on official business to negotiate the USMCA trade deal.
“The bottom line is, without the full record, we can’t evaluate it,” Menendez said about Craft’s travels.
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